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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for October 3-9, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.

Year:
1837: Southwestern humorist Joseph Beckham Cobb married Almira Clayton of Athens, Georgia. (Oct. 5)

October 3-4, 1862: General Earl Van Dorn, who had joined Beauregard’s troops at Corinth, tried to recapture Corinth from the Union forces in the Battle of Corinth, but he was repulsed. (Oct. 3)

1909: Historian John K. Betterworth was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Oct. 4)

1923: Psychologist Carol E. Izard was born in Georgetown, Mississippi. (Oct. 8)

1927: Writer Vivianne Cervantes Gladden, who also worked as a model, concert singer, and actress, was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. (Oct. 8)

1927: Novelist Patrick D. Smith was born in Mendenhall, Mississippi. (Oct. 8)

1929: The Sound and the Fury, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Cape & Smith. (Oct. 7)

1930: As I Lay Dying, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Cape & Smith. (Oct. 6)

1932: Light in August, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Harrison Smith and Robert Haas. (Oct. 6)

1940: Historian Wayne Flynt was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi. (Oct. 4)

1948: Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. (Oct. 6)

1949: Novelist John Ramsey Miller was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Oct. 3)

1950: Journalist Willie Kathryn Suggs was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. (Oct. 7)

1951: Writer Neil McGaughey was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (Oct. 3)

1963: Novelist, poet, playwright, and jazz musician Al Young married freelance artist Arlin June Belch. (Oct. 8)

1964: Novelist Lawrence Wells married Gayle Brooke (since divorced). (Oct. 6)

1965: Novelist, journalist, and educator John A. Williams married Lorrain Isaac. (Oct. 5)

1965: “Mr. Acarius,” a story originally written by William Faulkner in 1953, was published in the Saturday Evening Post. (Oct. 9)

1971: Eudora Welty’s book One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression, A Snapshot Album, containing 102 photographs taken by Welty during her employment with the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, was published by Random House, New York. (Oct. 6)

1972: Novelist Lawrence Wells married writer and editor Dean Faulkner, niece of John Faulkner, Murry Falkner, and William Faulkner. (Oct. 4)

1975: Historian John Percy Dyer died. (Oct. 5)

1982: Children’s book writer Margaree King married account executive Kevin Lee Mitchell. (Oct. 9)

October 6-7, 1985: The Long Hot Summer, a television movie based on The Hamlet by William Faulkner, was first telecast on NBC. Screenplay was by Rita Mae Brown and Dennis Turner. (Oct. 6)

1994: Presbyterian minister and pastoral counselor William B. Oglesby, Jr. died in Mechanicsville, Virginia. (Oct. 3)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

October 8: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 p.m.

“Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture: The Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale.” Presented by Panny Mayfield of Clarksdale and Colby Kullman, a professor of English. For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/.

October 9-11: Clarksdale, Mississippi

“The 11th Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival.” For more information, visit www.clarksdalewebinfo.com.

October 16: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.

Best-selling crime writer Elmore Leonard will sign at Square Books and appear on Thacker Mountain Radio as part of his visit to the University of Mississippi, sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series. For more information, visit www.squarebooks.com.

October 16: Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Elmore Leonard, author of more than 30 novels (including Bandits, Get Shorty, and Tishomingo Blues), numerous film and television productions, essays and commentaries, will read and talk about his career. For more information on Leonard, visit www.elmoreleonard.com/. Elmore Leonard’s new book, When the Women Come Out to Dance, is to be published in November 2003. Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

 

If you know of upcoming literary events by or about Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at mwp@olemiss.edu.


ON THE HORIZON

The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

February 12, 2004

Reading and lecture by Richard Ford. Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.


If you know of additional news items for this newsletter or if you have suggestions, please write us at mwp@olemiss.edu.

For more information about events in the Oxford and University of Mississippi community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
www.olemiss.edu/calendar/


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